Education Specialist/Economist at World Bank, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Deadline: 18 February 2019

The World Bank Group (WBG) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Education Specialist/Economist in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The duration of this post 2 years.

The Education Specialist/Economist is expected to work with the ECA education team, the Education Global Practice, the Uzbekistan Human Development team and the Country Management Unit, the World Bank Group’s clients, representatives from development partners, and NGOs.

WBG has set two ambitious goals to push extreme poverty to no more 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Education Specialist/Economist will perform the following functions-

  • Local focal point, working closely with the ECA Practice Manager, regional education lead and Task Team Leaders to deliver results on the portfolio.
  • Undertake research on human capital development issues as related to Uzbekistan.
  • Liaise with clients to establish an education sector database for human capital development policy and planning.
  • Maintain regular dialogue with education clients and with human development counterparts (internal and external).
  • Contribute to writing policy briefs, as required to support dialogue on human capital development.
  • Work extensively with the Client to ensure effective and timely implementation and reporting of on-going operations. This includes proactively identifying and resolving bottlenecks to implementation; monitoring and updating implementation plans, results frameworks and key milestones.
  • Ensure that all operational tasks related to the portfolio are timely supervised (procurement requests, financial management, withdrawal applications, project management, monitoring results, reporting) in coordination with the relevant Task Team Leaders, procurement and financial management specialists.
  • Provide inputs to the preparation of diverse operational products/outputs (e.g., projects briefs, portfolio performance reviews, Trust Fund Grant Fund Request, Grant Report Monitoring and closing reports, Aide Memoires, Implementation Summary Reports, activity completion reports).
  • Interact with government counterparts, local education group, and other partner organizations (civil society organizations, academia, etc.) as required by the task team.
  • Participate in missions conducted by Task Team Leaders and in discussions regarding advice to the counterparts on human capital issues, particularly focusing on education.
  • Participate in review meetings and represent the team in relevant Bank-wide initiatives.
  • Other duties and tasks as specified by the Practice Manager, and the relevant project Task Team Leaders or whoever they may designate.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Minimum qualification of a Master’s Degree in education, economics, business or related fields.
  • Ability to undertake research.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant international experience.
  • Familiarity with World Bank operations, including preparation and implementation support for projects, would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge in Bank operational policies and systems (including SAP, operations portal, Business Warehouse), Trust Fund policies, and Global Partnership for Education policies and procedures would be a plus.
  • Strong client orientation and proven ability to work with government agencies, ability to identify problems, provide technical support, build consensus and arrive at solutions.
  • Ability to coordinate and work across different government departments.
  • Demonstrated deep knowledge in project management, with specific focus on monitoring of results.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and independently, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior staff.
  • Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to management requests, and set priorities for self and others.
  • High levels of energy, initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements.
  • Effective communication skills including the ability to speak articulately.
  • Strong results orientation, persistence, patience and positive attitude.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • English language proficiency required. Russian and/or Uzbek language proficiency would be an advantage.
  • Proficiency on all standard operational software packages (including Excel and PowerPoint) and working knowledge of statistical analysis packages such as STATA, SPSS.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WBG.